Mbabane Swallows were crowned the Ingwenyama Cup Champions after defeating Young Baffalos in an exciting final that was watched by His Majesty King Mswati III on Sunday 5th February 2017 at the Somhlolo National Stadium. This was the second edition of this unique tournament where football is blended with culture. The 2016/2017 edition showed some growth when compared to the 2015/2016 edition in a number of ways. The latest addition commenced from the regional level where by the regional teams competed for Forty Thousand Emalangeni (E40, 000.00) plus 4 slots to be part of the national MVA Ingwenyama Cup completion.

The eventual regional champions were Manchester United from the Hhohho region who defeated Rangers FC from the Shiselweni region in a match that was played at King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium. The new format of this competition saw an increase in the number of matches played, clubs participation and of course the total sponsorship. The total sponsorship was Three Million, Two Hundred Thousand Emalangeni (E3, 200, 000.00), which showed an improvement of E200, 000.00 when compared to the 2015/2017 edition. This was good for football as it presented a rare opportunity for the regional clubs to compete in a high level tournament and of course with a Royal taste.

As an icing on top of the cake, the prize presentation of this Majestic competition was blessed by the presence of His Majesty King Mswati III in a ceremony that was fit for the Royal experience. This event was held on Sunday 19th February 2017 in a marquee at the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel. This was an event for the official crowning of the winners in both the football and cultural categories. It was the first time that His Majesty King Mswati III attends a prize presentation ceremony for a football competition that involved only local clubs. This showed the support and commitment by His Majesty and His Government’s support to football in the country. It is for this reason that, the football family is always indebted to His Majesty and the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland for the support towards the chief sport in the country.

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